Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Polish-Jazz blog provides media patronage for new album by Tomasz Licak/Radek Wośko Quartet !!!

Tomasz Licak/Radek Wośko Quartet

Tomasz Licak - tenor saxophone
Carl Winther - piano
Martin Buhl Staunstrup - bass
Radek Wośko - drums

Entrails United (2014)

The band was formed in 2012 as an initiative of drummer Radek Wośko. Originally a trio, which apart from the founder of the band featured two excellent Danish musicians -pianist Carl Winther and bassist Martin Buhl Staunstrup. In 2013 saxophonist Tomasz Licak joined the group and so international quartet was finally established. The two leaders had taken their first steps into jazz together for more than 10 years ago in Szczecin, and than met again in Denmark where they studied at Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense. Positive energy and creative joy resulted in Grand Prix of the 49th Jazz nad Odrą Festival in Wrocław in 2013.

Tomasz Licak / Radek Wośko Quartet is one of Polish-Danish bands in recent years initiated by Polish musicians living in Denmark. Tomasz Licak, a graduate of Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense, continues his postgraduate studies at the elite Rhytmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. Radek Wośko, graduate of the first degree at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense, have spent this year developing his skills while living in New York and Ghana. Carl Winther, excellent musician of younger generation, has won numerous prizes at international jazz competitions (such as Getxo Jazz Competition 2011 with his own trio). In recent years he toured with such musicians as Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone. The last member of the team is Martin Buhl, who currently studies at the Jazz Institute in Berlin with legendary Greg Cohen.

Debut album is a result of two concert tours and a very productive year of band’s existence. Success in Wroclaw helped and fastened the decision of recording and issuing the debut album. The recordings were made at RecPublica studio in Lubrza, November 2013, during the group’s second tour. It is a musical summary of quartets work until now. All songs on the album are written by the members of the band, most of them specifically for this recording.

"Entrails United", title of the album, refers to the very essence of the creative process. United is also a word that describes the strength that comes from a common musical development, playing together, communicating through music. It was created by the collision of strong personalities, for whom jazz, improvised music, is a type of binder, a common language, which they perfectly understand. The main source of inspiration is the quartet playing together, being on the stage in the sense of creating new value, which is the result of crossing their skills and exceeding the limits.


01. Spleen And Bowen
02. Kukulkan
03. Wings
04. Folksong
05. East River
06. Take The L Train
07. Viankolia
08. Vertigo
09. Wise One

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